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Join Us

They Might Be Giants

2011

Join Us
Album Summary

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Join Us is the fifteenth studio album from the rock band They Might Be Giants, released on July 19, 2011. It is the band's first adult album in four years since The Else in 2007. Following the success of their 2009 children's album, Here Comes Science, the band returned to their adult audience with Join Us, an eclectic collection of 18 songs. In an interview with The A.V. Club, Flansburgh commented, "We probably recorded 30 songs for this album, and the songs that are on album are basically the last 15 or so. There were so many strange misfires at the beginning, just the most mutant songs." Some of the songs that were left off Join Us were later completed and released on the rarities compilation Album Raises New And Troubling Questions. Join Us has garnered fairly positive reviews from critics. It debuted at No. 32 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and No. 8 on both the Billboard Rock Albums and Billboard Alternative Albums charts. Join Us also debuted at No. 8 on both the Billboard Rock and Billboard Alternative charts. It disappeared from the charts the following week. Join Us appeared at No. 20 on the CMJ Radio 200 on July 25, 2011. It climbed to No. 11 on August 2 and continued its ascension, reaching No. 5 on August 23. It spent 20 weeks on that chart.

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Rating

2.98

Votes

66

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie

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Fri May 03 2024
2

This started out ok but got REALLY annoying after a few songs, and by the end was just utterly punishing. Like a whole album of those Weird Al songs that aren't parodies of anything, but just ADHD-inspired ditties. ugh. 2/5.

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Sun May 05 2024
5

Soft spot for classic TMBG, but this is not their best album, although it is really really good. Quirky lyrics and deliver coupled with engaging musicianship (pretty much the story of their careers). I was entertained for sure. 4.5/5 but since it's TMBG, I feel compelled to round up to 5.

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Mon May 06 2024
5

They Might Be Giants is one of my all time favorite bands. I highly considered submitting one of theirs myself. I'm not sure that this is my favorite of their albums. It's not even my favorite of the 2010s (I think I have to go Glean or Nanobots). But it's a great album that is highly accessible. I think that if you hear this and like it then you'll have a pretty good idea of what their deal is. If you don't like this album then you're probably not going to enjoy, like, Fingertips or their Dunkin Donuts ad campaigns or any of their other ephemera that I've obsessively listened to over the years. I think Can't Keep Johnny Down, Canajoharie, and When Will You Die are some of their all time best tracks. I revisit them often.

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Sun May 05 2024
4

I'm mostly surprised at this being the submission for They Might Be Giants. Pretty Damm fun though.

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Sat May 11 2024
4

Wow, I love They Might Be Giants but to be honest I had kind of forgotten about them. Looking back on the original list, I'm shocked that there are on TMBG albums on it. What the hell? I love TMBG so much that my wife and I had the song Birdhouse in Your Soul played as the recessional song at our wedding. Their first children's album (No!) was a fixture at our house while our kids were little. Anyway, this album is great. Hadn't heard it before so I'm glad it was on the list! 4 stars.

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Sun Jul 07 2024
4

Indie pop animado. Me ha hecho gracia. Un 4, venga.

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Fri May 03 2024
3

Don't really know how to describe my thoughts on this album. Sometimes it was good. But some songs were a bit dull

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Sat May 04 2024
3

Never a big fan of this group, though some of my college friends were, and so I heard a whole lot of them in the early 90s. I think we also had the science-themed kids album when my child was of an appropriate age. I liked this fine, the novelty act aspect toned down a lot, clearly they've settled into a solid workable sound. Nothing here really reached out and grabbed me personally but I would listen to more without complaint.

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Mon May 06 2024
3

Ha-ha-funny band proves that power-pop is sincerely packable. The quality of music never drops off as such; It's not the kind of album to maintain interest across all eighteen; Neither does the record come off as one of deep cuts.

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Wed Jun 05 2024
3

Why are so many American bands nasally when they sing?

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Wed Jun 19 2024
3

Good fun album, does get a little tiring by the end 3.2

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Wed Jul 03 2024
3

Tongue-in-cheek lyrics always ride a fine line for me, but thanks to some creative and glib wordplay this one ends up in the positive camp. Doesn’t hurt that these guys have a real knack for melody – while I wished there were some longer, more-involved tracks, the selection here was a fun ride overall.

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Thu Jul 04 2024
3

Good to hear TMBG again and find that their clever quirkiness continues. Fun listen, but not going to give many repeat listens.

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Tue Jul 09 2024
3

It’s a decent enough album, but it really does start to blend into itself after a while. I like some of their songs, but They Might Be Giants has always felt a bit kitschy to me and that’s prevented me from getting into them.

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Sat May 04 2024
2

This had some potential but still ended up on the 'meh'-side of things.

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Sat May 04 2024
2

Meh, this really didn't do anyhthing for me I'm afraid.

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Sun May 05 2024
2

Good sound, good rhythms, regular voice but not so transcendental for me.

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Fri May 17 2024
2

3 This one is silly Damn and it does not sound like anything from 2011 More like something from 89 2

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Sat Jun 01 2024
2

Let's be honest. They were never going to be giants.

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Sat May 25 2024
1

What useless album. It is so dumb. There was no need to add this.

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